It was a sad day for the Auburn football team. A day after Will Muschamp was announced as the new defensive coordinator, the Tigers lost one of their own when freshman tight end Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed early Sunday morning.
“I’m devastated and saddened by the passing of Jakell Mitchell,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with Jakell’s family and friends, who are suffering through this senseless tragedy.
“I know the Auburn family is hurting, especially our players and coaches, and we are going to love and support them through this difficult time. We have lost a member of our family too young, too soon.”
The loss of Mitchell, who grew up not far from Auburn’s campus, prompted several of his coaches and teammates to express their grief via Twitter on Sunday.
I'm devastated and crushed. Lost a young man too soon with so much promise. Please Pray for Jakell's family & the Auburn Family. No words
— Rhett Lashlee (@rhettlashlee) December 14, 2014
— Rodney Garner (@coachg76) December 14, 2014
Never without a smile,loyalty to those he loved, courage, compassion, & an angel in heaven. RIP Jakell, my best friend. Words arent enough ??
— Sean White (@SeanWhiteAU) December 14, 2014
Praying for Jakell family and praying for strength of these this team Jakell was a brother gone too soon ??
— Chad Slade (@ChadSlade62) December 14, 2014
R.I.P Jakell Mitchell
— carl lawson (@carllawson14) December 14, 2014
My heart breaks for Jakell Mitchell and his family, please pray for them #RIP31
— Alex Kozan (@AlexKozan) December 14, 2014
Can't be happening... That's like my brother man..can't be true
— Tre' Williams????? (@Trew30_) December 14, 2014
Prayers out to the mitchell family. Make sure your loved ones and friends know that you love them, life is too short #ripjakell
— LaDarius Owens (@KingLO1091) December 14, 2014
Even some former Alabama players, now playing in the NFL, shared their condolences to Mitchell and the Auburn family before Sunday's game.
— CJ Mosley (@TreyDeuce32RTR) December 14, 2014
Prayers for the family of Jakell Mitchell & the Auburn tiger family.. Very sorry for your loss. Just know you all have a great angel above!
— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) December 14, 2014
Prayers go out to Jakell Mitchell, his family, and all of auburn for this tragic loss! May God be with all affected by this!
— Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) December 14, 2014